[Humanist] 28.583 Frampton on poesis vs mathesis

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 583.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:03:03 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: poesis and mathesis

Quite by accident, though in pursuit of an idea that proved central to 
the work of Hollis Frampton (1936-1984), photographer and film-maker, I 
happened across Annette Michelson's leading tribute to him in October 32 
(1984), "Poesis/Mathesis". (The issue of this journal is in JSTOR.) I 
quote from the middle and end of her very short article. She laments his 
untimely death,

> the abrupt cancellation of an enterprise whose scale and multivalence
> stood in obstinate, reasoned defiance of dualities which, in our
> culture, are accorded the status of ontologically irresolvable
> antinomies....

and concludes that his incomplete project is

> testimony to that consistent, strenuously seminal role of Frampton as
> mediator in the difficult and delicate negotiation of a marriage of
> Poesis and Mathesis, a union as scandalous and difficult in our
> culture as that of Heaven and Hell.

Frampton would seem someone whose writings might be of interest to many here.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney

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